It's Not Too Late: Get in on the United Way Raffles!
From left to right: Nancy Vogele '85, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at Dartmouth; Meredith Braz, Registrar of the College; Megan Tompkins, HRIS Analyst; Sandi Brown, Human Resources Business Operations Manager; and Marcia Kelly, Secretary to the Board of Trustees.
The Dartmouth Granite United Way campaign has put together an exciting grab bag of raffle prizes for a weekly drawing every Friday. Gift certificates to prime Hanover restaurants, basketball and hockey tickets, and passes to the Dartmouth Skiway are just a sampling of the prizes.
Sandi Brown, who works in Human Resources Operations, is the week 4 United Way raffle winner, taking home 4 tickets to a women's hockey game, courtesy of the Dartmouth Athletic Department. Our week four runner-ups, Nancy Vogele, at the Tucker Foundation, and Dennis Brown, from Individual Giving, took home 4 tickets to a women's home basketball game and 4 adult day passes to the Dartmouth Skiway, respectively.
Paul Cormier, Dartmouth men's basketball head coach, is the week 3 United Way raffle winner, taking home a $100 gift certificate to PINE restaurant, courtesy of the Hanover Inn.
Megan Tompkins in Human Resources was the week 2 winner drawn on November 15. She took home a $75 gift certificate to the Canoe Club, courtesy of the Canoe Club Restaurant. Second place winner last week, Kathy Weaver in the Thayer School of Engineering, picked up four tickets to a men's home basketball game. Third-place winner last week, Warren Belding, from Campus IT Support, won 2 tickets to the Revels performance playing at the Hopkins Center.
Marcia Kelly, secretary to the board of trustees, was the first lucky United Way supporter, selecting a $50 gift certificate to PINE restaurant, courtesy of the Hanover Inn. Kelly has been a longtime supporter of the Dartmouth United Way Campaign. The second place winner for week one was Meredith Braz in the Office of the Registrar. She takes away four tickets to a Dartmouth men's home hockey game.
There are still plenty of great prizes to choose from, but the biggest payoff comes in knowing that your United Way Pledge will help improve lives right here in the Upper Valley.
Dartmouth Shares a Day of Caring
By Edita Robinson '13
October 5 marked Dartmouth's fourth annual Day of Caring. The Day of Caring is an opportunity for students and community members to help a local non-profit, agency, town, or school with a service project. Tucker staff, along with members from the local Granite United Way chapter and other local businesses, plan the day each year. Granite United Way also coordinates a Day of Caring in other towns and cities across New Hampshire.
This year, the Day of Caring began with registration and a kick off at Collis Common Ground starting at 8:30 a.m. before volunteers departed for the various sites at 9:30 a.m. Gail Gentes and President Hanlon both gave an appreciative send off to the crowd as they embarked on their day of service. There were 124 participants, which led to 620 hours of service work being completed this year at ten different locations. Some of the sites where volunteers worked included The Upper Valley Haven, the Upper Valley Humane Society, Quechee State Park, VINS, and Camp Farnsworth.
All of the hard work of volunteers resulted in gardens being weeded, 650 pound rocks hauled into place with a pulley system, trails maintained, animal shelter walls painted, and museum spaces cleaned among many tasks being completed. Students gained important knowledge of the agencies and needs of the Upper Valley and the students and staff bonded through their day of service to the Upper Valley. This year's Day of Caring was a wonderful success.
Tuck's Danos Announces Special Match
Paul Danos, dean of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, helped kicked off the Dartmouth Granite United Way campaign at the business school with an added incentive:
"Every gift, no matter its size, adds to meaningful support from a caring community. I encourage you to join your colleagues at Tuck in supporting the campaign. In order to incentivize your participation Tuck pledges to match every employee donation, up to $25 each, but this is a limited time offer and will only be applied to donations that have been pledged by Wednesday, November 27, 2013."
Danos said he gives to the United Way because by joining with others enables the Dartmouth community does more to improve the quality of life in the Upper Valley.
"Tuck knows many of the directors and organizations that receive United Way funds and appreciate the ease with which our United Way contribution allows us to aid neighbors in need and strengthen communities," Danos said.
"United Way Game" Scores $5,000 for Campaign
By Edita Robinson '13
Each year, the Athletics Department picks a home football game to be promoted as the "United Way Game" and for every adult ticket sold to that game Dartmouth Athletics donates $1 to the Granite United Way. This year's "United Way Game" was Dartmouth football's home opening game on September 28, a night game against Holy Cross at Memorial Field. The event was publicized in a full-page ad in the Valley News and on six local radio stations.
A total of 9,227 spectators attended the game including nearly 5,000 adults.
"Dartmouth Athletics is pleased to round its Granite United Way donation up to $5,000," said Bob Ceplikas, deputy director of athletics and a member of the Dartmouth United Way Steering Committee.
During half-time, two local United Way volunteers, Jeff Marks and Carrie Hamel of Ledyard National Bank, were honored on the field. President Phil Hanlon '77 and Gail Gentes each presented game balls to the volunteers in appreciation for all of their efforts. Athletic director Harry Sheehy and Granite United Way Vice-President Suzanne Stofflet also participated in the ceremony honoring Jeff Marks and Carrie Hamel.
Dartmouth United Way Campaign Sets Ambitious Goals
Wiley "Chip" Souba, dean of the Geisel School of Medicine, and Gail Gentes, director of action-based learning at Dartmouth, launched the Dartmouth Campaign for Granite United Way on October 1 with the ambitious goal of raising $300,000 and adding 100 new donors this year.
Granite United Way: Working Together, Improving Lives in the Upper Valley
Upper Valley residents know how to work together and make positive change happen in their community. Your United Way gift, of any size, can make a tremendous difference to our community.
Granite United Way Born at Dartmouth 40 Years Ago
The United Way has conducted a campaign at Dartmouth College since 1973. Dartmouth College and the UVUW share a long history.
The Upper Valley United Way traces its own beginnings to a special community meeting in November 1971. The Rev. John Mitman of Dartmouth's Tucker Foundation, and chairman of the Tri-Town Resource Exchange's Community Service Committee, presented the committee's findings of their study to determine the best vehicle for local service agencies "to communicate, co-operate, co-ordinate, plan and raise money together."
The committee proposed the establishment of a United Way, and the community vote was unanimously in favor. Since then, the Dartmouth College campaign has ranked as the largest employee campaign in the Upper Valley and is endorsed by the President's office and the entire administration of the college.
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